January 26, 2016 Subject:
Break The Black Bishop
Pretty good for 1950's TV. Hard to deliver a believable larger than life story of insidious evil in less than 30 minutes. It reminded me of the first season of Adventures of Superman. I noticed two veteran B-movie character actors, Victor Sen Yung and Morris Ankrum, in the mix. TV was a haven for actors like these. Dr. Fu Manchu in the Sax Rohmer books (I'm a fan.) is much scarier than portrayed here by a white guy with a Fu Manchu mustache stuck on his kisser. Karamaneh, the beautiful Egyptian slave girl, doesn't measure up either, and isn't under Fu Manchu's thrall by the 3rd (of 13) book.
I downloaded the MPEG4 file. Video and audio quality are fine.
June 15, 2012 Subject:
The Prisoner of Dr. Fu Manchu
The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu.
Season 1, episode 1.
Original air date: 3 September 1956.
Dr. Fu Manchu has poisoned the renowned Dr. Hu Yan, who is to appear at a conference of the nations of the world, and replaced him with an impostor who will disrupt the conference`s goal- a plan for world peace.
Cast: Glen Gordon (Dr. Fu Manchu), Lester Matthews (Sir Dennis Nayland Smith), Clark Howat (Dr. John Petrie), Carla Belenda (Betty Leonard), Leonard Strong (Prof. Hugh Yan), Laurette Luez (Karamaneh), Morris Ankrum (Prof. Rutledge), Steven Geray (Otto Helgaard), John George (Kolb), Edward Colmans (Delegate Valeria: uncredited), Sam Harris (Conference Delegate: uncredited), Jack Perrin (Doctor: uncredited), Grandon Rhodes (Conference of Nations Representative: uncredited), Keith Richards (Loder: uncredited), and Victor Sen Yung (Broadcaster: uncredited).
January 1, 2012 Subject:
So, what happened to the briefcase at the end?
About what you would expect in a half episode...